May 8, 2014

Birds of Bharatpur

Photograph by Sreekumar Krishnan, National Geographic Your Shot

"The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, is approximately 11 square miles" says Your Shot contributor Sreekumar Krishnan. "It sees the migratory bird influx in late September, and by the time summer hits the area, you'll see considerably fewer birds there."

Krishnan describes the sanctuary as magical, mystical, and magnificently maintained. "Little lakes are created and there are walkways in between," he says. "Generally one walks around the lakes but having seen this huge flock of nearly a hundred birds, my feet carried me on a walkway to the center of the lake to be with them. I was particularly attracted to the glossy ibis among all the white cranes and egrets. I crouched in the slush, trying hard not to slip, and edged closer and closer. It took close to 20 minutes to get the shot I wanted, and the dreamy air of the sanctuary and its mystical birds contributed largely to this shot.

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56 comments
Alok Das
Alok Das

Excellent,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mind blowing!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brilliant photography 

 

pop claudiu
pop claudiu

Very beautiful photographs and colorful. Thank you very much and looking forward for more photos, just from the beginning issues. God bless you all for your noble activity. With love and consideration, your sincerely, Pop Claudiu from Cluj - Romania.

Md Ashfaque
Md Ashfaque

Looking at the pic feels like being there :)

Arie de Bakker
Arie de Bakker

Was there in februari and saw a herd of sambar dear running through the water at sunset...beautiful

bonnie cruickshank
bonnie cruickshank

Beautiful photo. Is it possible to buy a print somewhere? Thank you..

Goteti Rao
Goteti Rao

Images speak themselves better than mere words.

LAKHAN PANDYA
LAKHAN PANDYA

Beautiful Shot..!

Greetings from Gujarat, India..!

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

The bird that is the primary focus of this image looks strange to me. The way the light is hitting only that bird makes me think that the photographer dodged the bird and burned everything around it in Photoshop to make it pop. 

Janice H.
Janice H.

Lovely and ethereal!   It truly is a magical, mystical shot and appears to be a peek at Heaven.

Naresh M
Naresh M

Nice Depth shot... unique shot... cool


Farshad Tasaodian
Farshad Tasaodian

Just perfect; sharp and clear; alive; in a way that encourages one's desire to live, to be a part of life in the picture.


Leah P.
Leah P.

I love this- It evokes so many emotions! 

M. Patel
M. Patel

Simply beautiful! Moment so well captured. The glow on the flying bird makes the picture so complete.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Hey Sreekumar, what a beautiful shot. I love the defused background that comes to a pinpoint  focus that is really wonderful to look at. A much appreciated bird study from so far away in Bharatpur,India.

Vinod Singh Sachan
Vinod Singh Sachan

This time is to return back for migratory birds in Ghana Bird sanctuary.THEY COME HERE IN WINTERSTO FEED N BREEDING FLY BACK AS WINTER CLOSES.

Sreekumar Krishnan
Sreekumar Krishnan

Hi Shane, it will seem like that where one can use a focus light using Photoshop. But in actuality this is exactly how the picture is. If you notice the crane on the extreme left has  similar lighting and the area from there to the bird flying is lit similarly.There has been no burning except for underexposing the image to make the relevance. No use of Photoshop in this. I was lucky since the Light was playing in the swamp and I had a canopy of trees on  my left for the light to shine in this way. Just lucky thats all :) 

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